[Slightly OT] Amazon's New Storage Plan - Someone Do a Rev Interface?

Andre Garzia soapdog at mac.com
Wed Mar 15 13:56:54 EST 2006


I read the docs, there appear to be no magical/automated interface  
for BT.

What appears to exist is that if you create a public object, which is  
a resource that can be accessed by a URL without authentication, then  
you can run your BT Tracker and use your resource with it. Meaning,  
they don't really support a BitTorrent interface but since they have  
a way to make the objects accessible without authentication, nothing  
will stop you from using BT with it. It is the same as saying Amazon  
S3 supports Runtime Revolution libURL, they don't, what they support  
is a simple HTTP transport without authentication case you need. I  
really thing that bittorrent piece was put there by some marketing guy.

Since S3 is a paid service and you end up paying for the data  
transfer, it would be smart to use BitTorrent to lower your costs...  
but also, if you set up a object that can be used with BT, your  
object can also be retrieved by anyone that knows the URL, and  
depending on what you're hosting, it just needs one post in a forum  
to skyrocket your costs.

if we had HMAC/SHA1 routines, we could build a S3 library in 20  
minutes, it's very easy.


On Mar 15, 2006, at 3:17 PM, Mark Wieder wrote:

> Andre-
> Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 9:37:18 PM, you wrote:
>> it still required HMAC/SHA1 authentication which I think our current
>> implementation of encrypt can't generate...
> Yes, but my point was being amazed at finding BitTorrent here...
> This is important for a couple of reasons: first of all, it's a cool
> mechanism for allowing distributed access to files and still limiting
> bandwidth consumption; and secondly because Amazon's support of
> BitTorrent adds legitimacy to peer-to-peer distribution and places
> them directly in opposition to the MPAA.
> -- 
> -Mark Wieder
>  mwieder at ahsoftware.net
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